Before you read much further, this particular musing is not for people with delicate sensibilities…
Many of us, at one point or another in our lives, have spent significant time sitting in the “reading room.” So you aren’t confused and we’re all on the same page, I’m speaking of the bathroom and sitting on the “throne” or “pot.”
Have you ever wondered why people sit in there so long? It’s not a particularly pleasant setting… the ambiance isn’t exactly inspiring, the seat isn’t exactly comfortable, and the aroma can’t typically be classified as pleasant. Most of the reading materials I’ve seen aren’t up-to-date and the games that sometimes can be found in the “reading room” aren’t exactly the most state of the art digital games. So the question remains…why is it such a popular place?
I’ve heard it said that it’s the only quiet place in the house. Others have said that it’s just a habit that got started when they were kids and it’s the only way “it” works. Still others indicate that it’s a solace from the demands of the world… a time that they don’t have to “be” someone or do anything. Moms say that it’s sometimes the only way they can get any alone time….but the kids keep knocking on the door. So is it really a place of refuge or one of those places that we hope is a place to get away?
But the real question is, how many un-pleasantries and discomforts will we tolerate for a false, temporary sense of peace, rest and solace? I guess we all have limits.
Too often we believe that uncomfortable, smelly, and unpleasant are sometimes better than the alternatives. But… there is only one source of true peace, rest and solace… it’s in Christ.
What are you willing to put up with instead of experiencing true peace?